Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

Literally true: a theory can only be literally true when its terms may not be re-interpreted in a given situation. On the other hand, a reinterpretation can make some theories and laws applicable to special cases, without being true or false.
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literally / Fraassen / Cartwright: e.g. laws, which may not be followed literally: e.g. Onsager law for the combination of causes, cross effect - problem: they must always be interpreted in an arbitrary manner - solution / Cartwright: nature should be described with many phenomenological laws that are tailored to individual situations, not by first principles - I 77 / Cartwright not literally: explanatory laws - literally: causal laws (only those are t / f) -

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How the laws of physics lie Oxford New York 1983

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-05-23